Terence Rattigan - The Man And His Work

Clive Merrison reads from Michael Darlow's biography of playwright Terence Rattigan, abridged by Kate Blackadder

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The charismatic and complex playwright who became an overnight success aged 25.

The charismatic and complex playwright who became an overnight success aged 25.

Clive Merrison reads Michael Darlow's biography.

02Flare Path2000041120110705 (BBC7)
20110706 (BBC7)

Based on his experiences as an RAF air-gunner, Rattigan's 1942 play `Flare Path' catches the public mood of wartime Britain.

The writer's 1942 play 'Flare Path' catches wartime Britain's public mood.

Based on his RAF experiences, the writer's 1942 play 'Flare Path' catches wartime Britain's public mood.

Read by Clive Merrison.

03Love In Idleness2000041220110706 (BBC7)
20110707 (BBC7)

Rewritten for Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne, the play `Love in Idleness' marks a distinct shift in Rattigan's previously radical sympathies.

Re-writing his play 'Love in Idleness' marks a distinct shift in the writer's sympathies.

Re-writing his play 'Love in Idleness' marks a distinct shift in the writer's once radical sympathies.

Read by Clive Merrison.

04The Browning Version2000041320110707 (BBC7)
20110708 (BBC7)

The emotional repression of `The Browning Version' reflects Rattigan's own reticence about his homosexuality.

'The Browning Version' reflects the writer's reticence over his homosexuality.

'The Browning Version' reflects the writer's emotional repression and reticence over his homosexuality.

Read by Clive Merrison.

05 LAST2000041420110708 (BBC7)
20110709 (BBC7)

Although by the late 1970s he was terminally ill, Rattigan lived to see the revival of his critical reputation.

The terminally ill playwright's critical reputation revives before he dies.

Clive Merrison concludes Michael Darlow's biography.

Episode 5 of 5.